Mississippi girl living in Memphis wishing I was at the beach or the lake or a stream.
Fun concept and good food. It is also one of my favorites down town. The food is good and not too pricey. The brunch is nice on the weekends. Ordering off the menu instead of some overwhelming buffet, meets my needs perfectly.
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If this controversy has done nothing else, it has forced us to think outside the box. I like it! A war that cost Americans 700,00 lives should be memorialized and if adding a Grant exhibit to do it would make everyone feel better go for it. Remember though, that Grant could be as controversial as Forrest. The folks that own Walter Place in Holly Springs have a huge collection of Grant memorabilia, apparently during the War, he occupied the mansion and used one of the corner turrets as his office.
Renaming committee member Doug Cupples has great plans to enhance the three parks and keep their names. Interesting ideas: proposed placing a monument to Robert Church Sr. in Confederate Park. Church was the first African American millionaire in the South and he donated $1,000 to construct the Confederate Memorial Hall in 1901 where Confederate Park is now. Also proposed a monument to the U.S. Colored troops in Coppock Park which was a part of Fort Pickering.
No doubt the parks need to be updated and enhanced to educate the public on a war that help create who we are now. Not to mention the money that Civil War Tourism generates.
I say bill the city council....they started this mess.
"When General Forrest died in 1877 it is noteworthy that his funeral in Memphis was attended not only by a throng of thousands of whites but by thousands of blacks as well. The funeral procession was over two miles long and was attended by over 10,000 area residents, including 3000 black citizens paying their respects."
Aren't we a fickle bunch? You have to judge people in their own time period, if you want to continue to honor the past. If not then let's just all agree to forget it and have "currently popular parks" instead of "historic parks".
Forrest's speech to the Independent Order of Pole-Bearers Association July 5, 1875.
A convention and BBQ was held by the Independent Order of Pole-Bearers Association at the fairgrounds of Memphis, five miles east of the city. An invitation to speak was conveyed to General Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the city's most prominent citizens, and one of the foremost cavalry commanders in the late War Between the States. This was the first invitation granted to a white man to speak at this gathering. The invitation's purpose, one of the leaders said, was to extend peace, joy, and union, and following a brief welcoming address a Miss Lou Lewis, daughter of an officer of the Pole-Bearers, brought forward flowers and assurances that she conveyed them as a token of good will. After Miss Lewis handed him the flowers, General Forrest responded with a short speech that, in the contemporary pages of the Memphis Appeal, evinces Forrest's racial open-mindedness that seemed to have been growing in him.
"Ladies and Gentlemen I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God's earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. (Immense applause and laughter). I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man to depress none. (Applause.) I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don't propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office. I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I'll come to your relief. I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand". (Prolonged applause.)
Whereupon N. B. Forrest again thanked Miss Lewis for the bouquet and then gave her a kiss on the cheek. Such a kiss was unheard of in the society of those days, in 1875, but it showed a token of respect and friendship between the General and the black community and did much to promote harmony among the citizens of Memphis.
When General Forrest died in 1877 it is noteworthy that his funeral in Memphis was attended not only by a throng of thousands of whites but by thousands of blacks as well. The funeral procession was over two miles long and was attended by over 10,000 area residents, including 3000 black citizens paying their respects.
Glad the state bashing has ended. Now would someone please tell Cheri to give it a rest.
Love, Love, Love the peeps from The Shed!! Brad Orrison is a great guy who went to Ole Miss, went home with a bunch of stuff he picked over the years and in a style that reflects his Mississippi roots opened a Barbeque and Blues Joint. He got together an awesome group of people and they compete and travel across the U.S. Every year they come to Memphis in May, and last year placed 3rd overall. I hope Memphis will watch and support them like one of our own.
Shea, shame on you! We already have the highest property taxes in the area and you would wish to raise them more! Find another way to finance the schools that the people who have a choice refuse to use. Memphis has the highest population decrease since the Yellow Fever Epidemic and it does not take a rocket scientist to find out why. I love Memphis, however my property taxes are miscalculated and overpriced and I do not send my children to the school district they are assigned and no one else in my neighborhood does either. It's the most distressing thing about living in Midtown Memphis.
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